Attorney General’s Office Announces Affordable Internet Service Connectivity Program – Los Alamos Reporter
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE AG OFFICE
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office was working to raise awareness of the new affordable connectivity program, recently launched by the Federal Communications Commission. The new $ 14 billion affordable connectivity program has a long-term benefit that will help lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households who are struggling to afford Internet service.
Qualifying households are encouraged to apply to receive up to $ 30 per month off internet service and up to $ 75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands. Eligible households can also benefit from a one-time discount of up to $ 100 towards the purchase of a laptop, desktop or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $ 10. $ and less than $ 50 at the purchase price.
“At a time when New Mexico’s digital divide is one of the worst in the country, the Affordable Connectivity Program can help students in our communities who suffer from a lack of Internet access,” the attorney said. General Balderas. “I am pleased that the federal government is taking action to ensure that our most vulnerable populations have equal access to the Internet and to education.
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if a household member meets at least a of the following criteria:
- Has an income of 200% or less of federal poverty guidelines;
- Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC or Lifeline;
- Participate in one of the many tribal specific programs, such as General Assistance from the Office of Indian Affairs, Tribal TANF or the Indian Reserve Food Distribution Program;
- is approved to receive benefits under the Free and Discounted School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision during the school year 2019-2020, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; Where
- Meets the eligibility criteria for the existing low income program of a participating provider.
Eligible households can sign up now through a participating broadband service provider or by visiting ACPBenefit.org to submit a request online or print a request by mail. Additional information on broadband emergency delivery is available at www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling (877) 384-2575.